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2014 Coordinator Materials

Planning and Promoting Your GAC Event


About the Cleanup

Each fall, thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state's roadways, shorelines, parks and public areas during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign.

Communities large and small show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign by recruiting volunteers of all ages and taking on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects.

In the 2013 Great Arkansas Cleanup, over 24,000 Arkansans were involved in more than 130 events. Through their efforts, litter was picked up from 729 miles of roadway, 4,279 parks and public areas, and 588 miles of shoreline; and 56 illegal dumps were closed.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation Board of Directors for many years.

To organize or volunteer for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event in your community, e-mail Liz Philpott or call (501) 682-3507, or fill out the volunteer form.

Click here to find an event near you!



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